I get a lot of questions about making money online. Often, people will ask me about specific products. “Will this product allow me to make money?” I say no. “How about this one?” I say, “I reviewed that, and it’s not a good product.” “Is this one any better? I need to make money!”
Questions like these are common, but they’re also the wrong questions. A lot of people see ads for products in the make money niche that claim they’ll make it easy for you to earn $100, $500 or even $1000 per day. Often they’re sold with claims of “push-button ease,” “autopilot profits,” or “make money while you sleep.” Some of these products are actually capable of helping you make money, but if you’re new, you’re destined to fail, even with the good ones. Why?
I’ve stressed over and over how important it is to get traffic to your site. In fact, it’s where you’re going to spend some 90% of your time when you build a Website with the intention of making money.
The greatest site in the world is useless without Website traffic.
You need visitors to make money. It’s that simple.
Building a site is relatively easy. So is finding a product to promote. Creating good content is harder, but the hardest part is finding a way to get people to visit you so they can buy whatever it is that you’re selling or promoting.
Sometimes, however, you just need time. Everyone wants to get traffic to their site immediately, and that’s understandable. After all, you’re paying to put that site online from day one, and it would be nice to have that site rise to the top of the Google rankings right away, so you can start making money.
If you’re determined to make a career of Internet marketing, however, you should be prepared to play the long game. Work on your site. Add good content. And be patient.
It’s hard making money online. You need to have a product. You need to have a Website. You need to get traffic to that Website. Once you do all of that, you need a way to persuade that traffic to become paying customers.
These things are all hard to do, and many people give up in frustration trying to learn how to do them.
Digital Income System says they have a solution for that – a complete system where they do all the work, you work just four minutes a week, and you can earn commissions of up to $12,500 per sale.
That sounds interesting, so I thought I’d investigate a bit more and see what the program is all about.
Is Digital Income System a scam? Read on for the full Digital Income System review.
Social media is quite popular these days, and several billion people are members of Facebook. There are lots of articles and even books about how to make money with Facebook, but today, I’m going to talk about how to make money with Pinterest.
Pinterest is essentially a site where you post images, just as you might on Instagram. These images are known as “pins,” and people usually create “boards” of related pins that they’ve uploaded to the site.
While Pinterest is considered a social media platform, where you can post images, share images, and comment on images, the site also provides some opportunities for the clever marketer to make money.
The site has millions of members, so there’s a lot of traffic there. If you can attract people to your pins, you can get them to your Website and from there you can make money.
Read on for more about how to make money with Pinterest.
I’m on the mailing list for a number of Internet marketers, and every week, I receive messages about the latest and greatest “must have” Internet marketing products.
One type of product that I’m seeing offers for increasingly often is for a self-hosted autoresponder.
What’s an autoresponder? I’ve written a lengthy article about autoresponders here. (new window)
In short, and autoresponder is a service that allows you to create and manage a mailing list. It lets you collect names and email addresses and allows you to send messages to your list whenever you wish.
There’s an old saying in Internet marketing – “The Money Is In The List.” It means that if you have a Website that sells products, you can make money selling them, but if you have a list of customers, you can market to them over and over.
A properly managed mailing list can be profitable, and there are some marketers that have lists of more than 100,000 customers.
With an autoresponder, sending email to 100,000 people is no more difficult than sending a message to a single recipient. You just type up the message, select “all” recipients in your autoresponder’s dashboard, select the time you want the message to be sent, and click “send.”
Problems with Commercial Autoresponders
Anyone who is serious about making money online will make use of an autoresponder in order to build a mailing list. I’ve got one; and if you sign up for my list, you’ll receive messages automatically from mine.
Commercial autoresponder services are Web-based; you log in at their Website and do all of your business there. They store your mailing list and your email messages and they use their email service to send the messages out.
What people don’t like about them is that they cost money, and sometimes a lot of money.
Most autoresponder services charge a subscription fee – you pay a monthly price to use them. Most are not particularly expensive, but most of them charge based on the size of your mailing list.
GetResponse, perhaps the best-known of these companies, charges as little as $15 per month, which most people would agree is reasonable.
But if you have a list of 100,000 people, the cost is $1200 per month!
That’s a lot of money!
That’s where self-hosted autoresponders come in, and I’ve been seeing a lot of advertising for them lately.
Instead of subscribing to a service, you install a self-hosted autoresponder on your own desktop computer, and you use your own email account or Web hosting service to send the messages out.
Instead of paying a monthly subscription fee, you pay a one-time fee to license the software. I received a sales pitch for such a product last week, and the asking price was $42.
That’s $42 one time, as opposed to up to $1200 per month.
Yes, that’s a big savings, and I’m sure that the product, called Sendiio, is doing quite well in terms of sales, as the thought of paying just once, rather than every month, is appealing.
In my opinion, however, you should never use a self-hosted autoresponder.
Why not? You’ll safe a bundle, right?
Maybe. And maybe not.
Why not? Spam email.
Most of the better-known autoresponder companies have been doing business for years. They have hundreds or thousands of customers and they send out millions of email messages every single day.
These companies are not only well known in the Internet marketing community, but they’re well known among Web hosting companies, as well.
These companies have established relationships with the larger Internet Service Providers to make sure that those providers actually deliver those millions of email messages to their customers, rather than marking them as spam and discarding them.
Part of these agreements is that the autoresponder services agree to take steps to ensure that they are not sending out spam email messages and those companies create policies for their paying customers to ensure that the messages they send out conform to the law.
If you have a subscription with an autoresponder service, you’ll agree not to send out spam and you’ll usually have to agree to what is known as “double opt-in.”
When someone signs up for your mailing list, they’ll receive an email message asking them to click a link to confirm that they want to have their name added to the list.
So it’s not enough to simply sign up; you also have to confirm that you asked to sign up.
This prevents people from just randomly adding the email addresses of strangers to their email lists. With double opt-in, only people who confirm that they want to be on the list are added.
When you have a self-hosted autoresponder, you don’t have to require double opt-in for your mailing list. You may if you like, but you don’t have to, and you’ll get a larger mailing list if you only ask people to sign up, rather than asking them to sign up and confirm.
But you’re likely to run into problems when you start sending out email messages in bulk, and you’re going to encounter two kinds of problems:
Problems with your Web Host – Most Web hosting companies don’t expect their customers to be sending out thousands of email messages on a regular basis.
When your host sees that you’re suddenly sending out thousands of email messages when you used to only send out a few messages per day, they’re likely to assume that you’re either a spammer, or that your account has been compromised by someone who is a spammer.
Your Web host may shut down your account.
Problems with email delivery – Since you don’t have a relationship with the major Internet Service Providers, such as Google, Comcast, Verizon or AOL, your bulk mailings may be seen by the hosting companies of your recipients as spam.
What happens then? They’ll likely just block delivery, and you’ll start to receive hundreds or thousands of messages from those companies telling you that they did not deliver your messages because they consider them to be unsolicited commercial email, or spam.
You’ll be blocked, and that is that. You won’t be able to send messages to those companies again.
Solutions to the delivery problem
Since there’s no point in sending email that won’t get delivered, you must have an autoresponder that can ensure delivery to your customers.
The Sendiio product that I heard about last week had a solution for that – you can use their own SMTP service to send out your messages….
…for a monthly fee.
At that point, this self-hosted autoresponder becomes a subscription model, just like all of the other ones out there.
If that’s the case, why not just get a subscription autoresponder and be done with it? You’ll be doing business with a company that has a history of reliable delivery and you won’t have to worry about it.
You can do this without spending a fortune, too. The company that I use, Trafficwave, has a single low monthly price that covers a mailing list of any size.
I’ve been using them for years, and they deliver my messages reliably, and the price is low enough that it’s affordable for just about anyone.
There are lots of ways to make money online and lots of products that will offer, for a price, to show you how to do that.
The products that seem to be the most successful, however, are the products that promise that you can make a lot of money by doing little or no work. Those products always sell well, and it’s easy to understand why.
A new product, Voice Cash Pro, says they’ll show you how to earn as much as $1000 per hour, just by speaking.
OK, that sounds interesting. We can all talk, so what’s Voice Cash Pro about? It’s about making money as a voiceover artist, which is someone who uses their voice to narrate videos or podcasts, or some other recorded product.
The creator of Voice Cash Pro, someone who identifies herself as “Monica White,” says she went from broke to earning more than $9800 per week using the material that she’s offering in the Voice Cash Pro course.
That sounded interesting, so I thought I’d take a closer look. Is Voice Cash Pro worthwhile, or is it a scam?